Samuel Okunade is a security and borderlands scholar who researches on borders and migration most especially as it concerns human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Africa. He is also interested in thinking through ways in which social and ethnic cleavages in border communities could be used for economic integration and social cohesion in Africa. He equally advances the course of border communities that have an age long history of marginalization and neglect by the government. He has participated in the European Union sponsored project on irregular migration in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. He has published in high impact factor journals which can be freely accessed online and has more under review. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Education (2009) and Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (2015) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a PhD in Conflict Transformation (2019) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.